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  • Why People in MINNEAPOLIS Hesitate to Get Their Vehicle Serviced

    Jun 3, 2018



    A recent report stated that over 80 percent of the vehicles on our MINNEAPOLIS, MN, roads have one or more service or repair that's needed but hasn't been taken care of. Now that's a lot of undone service. That translates into something over 160 million vehicles in North America alone. Some of the neglected items are minor. Others are serious safety concerns.

    There are several reasons we hesitate to take care of recommended services, especially services that our MINNEAPOLIS automotive advisor recommends when we're in for something else, like an oil change.

    The first issue boils down to comfort with car care. We don't always feel we know enough to make good decisions. Some of that can be attributed to the fact that vehicles are so reliable these days. They almost become an appliance. Of course you love your vehicle, but if you don't have to worry about it breaking down all the time, you're not forced to think as much about preventive maintenance.

    Perhaps your dad knew a lot about cars and always made sure they were taken care of. He was very comfortable dealing with his local MINNEAPOLIS service center. People who don't know as much about cars hesitate to ask questions because they don't want to look ignorant.

    It's human nature. But there's so much to know in this world, and we can't all be experts in everything. So we specialize. It's very important to ask questions of any specialist, whether it's your doctor, financial advisor or your automotive technician in MINNEAPOLIS, MN.

    Your service advisor at Affordable Transmissions wants to answer your questions. We want you to understand the recommendation and why it needs to be done.

    That brings us to the next issue; people say that they don't always know if they really need the service or if they are just being sold something.

    At the heart, it speaks to trust. Do you trust your MINNEAPOLIS service center and your service advisor? Trust has to be earned, and that takes time and experience. But you can shortcut the process when you realize that most of the recommendations are based on manufacturer's maintenance schedules.

    In other words, "You don't have to trust me, you can trust your owner's manual."

    Your MINNEAPOLIS service center has computer databases that contain the manufacturer's recommendations for almost all vehicles, so they don't need to rummage through your glove box to look for your owner's manual to know what to do.

    Basically, the engineers who designed the car say, "Here's when you need to have it serviced." That's who makes the recommendation, not the technician. He's just reminding you.

    Now you do need to trust your MINNEAPOLIS technician's experience and judgment from time to time. When he inspects your vehicle, he may find problems or concerns. He will explain things so that you can prioritize the concerns and make a good decision about whether or not to have something done.

    That brings us to the third issue; money. Often the concern is about spending the money to take care of a recommended service. Our money has many places it needs to go. And we have another list of places we want it to go. Auto maintenance isn't usually on either of those lists.

    Look, everyone who works at Affordable Transmissions has a family budget, too. They can relate. Maybe a little look behind the scenes would be helpful.

    Service centers like Affordable Transmissions invest heavily in training, diagnostic equipment and tools so that they can make repairs and perform services as efficiently as possible. And like any other business, they have labor costs, insurance, rent, utilities, shop and office supplies, taxes and so on.

    We work hard to make sure that we diagnose the problem correctly and fix it right the first time. That's the only way we can maintain our reputation and remain in business. If we're not satisfying our customers and providing a good value, you won't come back and the service center won't be around for long.

    When there is a real budget concern, your Affordable Transmissions service advisor can help you prioritize the work that needs to be done and come up with a plan for taking care of it that works within your budget.

    Let's say you have a serious problem with your brakes. That's a safety concern, so a technician can't ethically say, well, let's put that off for a couple of months. What they can do is take care of the brakes now and address the cabin air filter or transmission service next month.

    Ask us for more details.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169




    MINNEAPOLIS Road Trip Preparation

    Jun 6, 2017

    People from MINNEAPOLIS, MN, love their cars. And nothing goes with cars better than a MN road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it's great! But there's nothing like car trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt.

    You can't always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip.

    Heading out on a MN road trip? Stop by Affordable Transmissions before you head out to make sure everything is in good repair.

    Let's look at some of the auto maintenance related problems you might encounter on a road trip in MN and what you might do to avoid them.

    The most common vehicle component to fail is the tires. Of course, you can't always avoid a road hazard that leads to a flat, but you may be able to head off some maintenance-connected tire problems.

    A good tire inspection at Affordable Transmissions will start with looking over the condition of the tire itself. Are there signs of uneven tire wear? Are the tires properly inflated? Is the tread worn to the point that the tire should be replaced? The answers to these questions may lead to a recommendation to balance or rotate your tires. It may also be time to have an alignment service.

    Your brakes should be inspected for function as well as to determine how much life is left in your brake pads. You'll also want to know if it's time to service your brake fluid. Over time, water and contaminants make their way into your brake fluid and the system needs to be flushed, cleaned and filled with fresh fluid.

    While you're out seeing the sights, you'll want to make sure you can see the sights. Replace your windshield wipers if they aren't working well. And don't forget your headlamps. They gradually lose their brightness and you don't even realize it. Many people replace their lamps once or twice a year.

    All the items mentioned are part of any good vehicle maintenance plan. These are things that you want to take care of anyway, but they all come into focus as you plan for your trip. They'll always save you money in the long run and may prevent inconvenient delays on your trip. After all, you wouldn't want to miss the world's largest ball of string, would you?

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169